National Conference “Russian power as part of the historical process” and Round Table “Empire as the form of existence of the Russian civilization”

The event took place on December 13, organized by the School of Document Studies and Technotronic Archives, Russian Society of Historians and Archivists and the authors of the project “People and Power”.

Over 20 experts participated in the Conference, coming from research institutions and universities from Moscow, Kazan, Novocherkassk, Orenburg, Saratov, etc.

The welcoming speeches were delivered by Dr. Lanskoy, Dean of the School of Document Studies and Technotronic Archives and First Deputy Chair of the Russian Society of Historians and Archivists, Dr. Marchenya and Dr. Razin, co-authors of the project “People and Power”. They talked about the importance and practical significance of studies in the field of Russian state system. 

In his presentation Dr. Lanskoy spoke on the subject of the coexistence of the authoritative and liberal-democratic contexts in the Russian statehood, saying that, in order to reach their goals, Russian ruling elite would often slow down reforms when in need of mobilization of a certain necessary potential of the country.

Dr. Ivanov made a comparative analysis between the developments of the Russian and the British Empires from the 18th to the middle of the 20th century, stating that, unlike the British one, the Russian foreign policy would mostly bring well-being and progress to the annexed territories.

Dr. Marchenya made a presentation on the combination of the imperial and the democratic component in the development of Russian statehood. He specifically pointed out that the Russian ruling class had always tried to find the correct balance between the national interests and the desires of the liberal-minded society.

The Round Table was devoted to discussing issues of ideology, policy and institutional specifics of Russian statehood.

The participants made a decision to continue the exchange of opinions at the conference “Leninism and world history”, to be held at RSUH in April, 2020.

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